Monthly Archives: November 2013

“Sane Thanksgiving” Advised by Omaha Mayor

More than a month before the official Thanksgiving holiday in 1909, the Omaha Daily News on October 24 published the plea of mayor James C. Dahlman for what he called a “sane Thanksgiving.” Dahlman, the colorful “perpetual mayor of Omaha,” … Continue reading

Posted in Timelines | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

School Lunches Once Provided by WCTU

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was early associated with providing food to the public, sometimes as a charitable project, sometimes to finance other projects. In Omaha the group once operated a popularly priced restaurant near Fifteenth Street and Capitol Avenue, … Continue reading

Posted in Timelines | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“First Scalp for Custer” now back in print

Paul Hedren’s book First Scalp for Custer: The Skirmish at Warbonnet Creek, Nebraska, July 17, 1876 is now back in print through Nebraska State Historical Society Books. The 62-page paperback tells of a skirmish in which William F. “Buffalo Bill” … Continue reading

Posted in NSHS Books | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Talk and Signing for New Book on Nov. 17

NSHS has released a new book, and you could get it signed! A Brave Soldier & Honest Gentleman: Lt. James E. H. Foster in the West, 1873-1881 features the never before published journal and illustrations of junior officer James Foster, … Continue reading

Posted in NSHS Books, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don Stiegert’s Hanger Machine

Yesterday, I posted a photo of a mystery machine, a recent donation to the Nebraska State Historical Society by Don Stiegert of Fremont. It really isn’t a mystery at all. Don is the inventor of this clever contraption that was … Continue reading

Posted in Collections | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What is it?

It has a wooden base, and lots of tubing. Pressing a foot pedal, causes the red metal pieces to move and lock into place. What is it? Post your guesses in the comment section.  I will tell you more tomorrow … Continue reading

Posted in Collections | Leave a comment

Afflicted with Joyrider’s Back

The first decade of the twentieth century saw growing use and acceptance of the automobile among the traveling public. The new machine rapidly replaced carriages, streetcars, and bicycles as the preferred mode of transportation. However, there were some unfavorable results. … Continue reading

Posted in Nebraska History | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Treasures from Nebraska Museums

The NSHS works hard to collect and preserve Nebraska history, but we don’t do it alone. Historical organizations and museums dot our ninety-three counties and contain many treasures. To support their work in preserving our collective history we’re showcasing items … Continue reading

Posted in Collections, Exhibits, Nebraska History Museum, Treasures from Nebraska Museums | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What have we been doing all year?

If you want the lowdown on what the Nebraska State Historical Society has accomplished in the past year, our Annual Report is now online. By “past year” we mean the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Chadron’s First Kindergarten

When Chadron’s first kindergarten was opened in the fall of 1893, the teacher, Miss Elizabeth “Bess” O’Linn, was hardly more than a student herself. The young children she taught, pictured above, included two of Addison E. Sheldon’s children, Philip L. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment